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  • Embroidered Visions

    Posted on 19/07/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Suddenly we have been surrounded by a whole new style of thread and fibre…and we love it. After hearing a rumours of the style of Amazonian textiles we travelled deep into the Peruvian jungle and up the Amazon river.  Search and you will find- the discoveries were worth the potholes, bumpy river boats and the constant humidity.

    Gone were the hand looms in courtyards, here the ladies were deep involved with the needle and thread working on "visions".

    Striking geomectrics link together like jigsaw puzzle pieces and slot around the trailing jungle plants or flowers. Just like in Southern Peru the textile designs focus on icons important to the natives. In the jungle it is the plants which are highly valued as for every ailment they believe there is a leafy cure.

    Good job we love a good story as there is always one to tell in Peruvian textiles. The intense maze of designs captures the hallucinogenic visions seen by the Amazonian tribes when they first developed Ayahuasca heeling ceremonies. The designs have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated by the tribes talented ladies today. Even when fixed in thread the designs almost start moving out of the cloth.

    The lovely Sara and Angela (below) are the talented embroideries of all the amazing pieces photographed in this post…they do love colour! Thanks to them we are once again straining under the extra weight of a grand lot of stunning textiles.


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  • Geo's and Andean animals

    Posted on 24/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We have again been floored, this time by the Peruvian hand weavers and their fearless use of colours.

    Peru is a culture rich country with a deep and vibrant history so there is plenty for all the weaving villages to draw on. Inca and indigeous decoration/artwork was very much geometric based so this has filtered into the textiles. The geometric diamond formations sit back with other significant icons- Pumas, Condors, Llamas and Pachamama (goddess of the indigenous people of the Andes aka Mother Earth).

    With so many hands well taught through the years in the art of weaving we were bound to make some amazing finds. And how could we say no to Geo's mixed with Andean animals?!

    These are just a taster of what we found as needless to say we came away with our hands full..the list of projects for our return are adding up!


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Andean weavers, Condiors, hand weaving, Llamas, Pachamama, Peru, Peruvian textiles, Pumas

  • Eat + Art - Cusco

    Posted on 21/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We HEART Cuzco, it is such a beautiful place. Here the ancient, traditional and contemporary streams of Peruvian culture collide together making it a great city to go exploring, as there are plenty of surprises.

    One of our favourites was Macondo. Taking its name from the pages of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this newly refurbished shop/gallery/restaurant is full of clever design and great taste, on the walls as well as the menu. The wood decked front space houses ceramics (a selection of Jonathan Adler which is all made in Peru), artwork, inspiring books and homewares such as contemporary Peruvian church style cushions.

    Large mirrored doors entice you in to discover the restaurant at the back. The tables are glass topped over traditional board game artwork for entertainment whilst you recline yourself against the wall made entirely of cushioned cubes.

    The gallery seeps into the restaurant with two large Richard Peralta paintings. Peralta is a new discovery for us and we are now obsessing over him. We love his combination of fine art painting style and political subject matter. A Cusco native, Peralta has worked on a series of pieces inspired by the actions of the Shining Path extremist Maoist group in Peru. In the peak of their activities a decade ago Shining Path activists kidnapped children from villages, turning them into child soldiers to boost their forces fighting against the state.

    Macondo is a little gem in Cusco, a rare treat for the eyes and stomach both.

    Macondo
    Cuesta San Blas 571, Cusco


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  • Peruvian Rugs...worth the wait

    Posted on 12/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

     

    It's been a bit quiet on the rug front for us lately, we were starting to get withdrawal symptoms until we hit Peru. We left the city lights for the valleys and found some stunning vintage sheep wool rugs. These are all amazingly hand woven with no two the same. This is just a little taster to wet the appetite of what we've picked up. The traditional diamond patterns hold cultural significance to the region, and tugs on our geometric heart strings...one of these will be adorning our own wood floor boards for sure!


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  • Inside the Cacti

    Posted on 09/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Southern Bolivia is full of dramatic landscapes with red rock, giant volcanic rocks strewn over high altitude deserts, brightly coloured lakes, and brilliant white salt flats and rightly so the locals call it an artists palette. Punctuating these landscapes are huge picture perfect cacti, a whole world away from our tiny potted cacti...these are beasts.

    No, we're not writing about these giants to make your tiny cactus feel inadequate, nor to persuade you to upgrade. We're in awe of the wood hidden inside the spiky exterior. They say beauty lies within, and they are right, as these cactus plants produce an amazing and unusual wood. Full of texture and often perforated, it looks rugged with a cool light edge.

    Cactus photo
    Southern Bolivia is full of dramatic landscapes with red rock, giant volcanic rocks strewn over high altitude deserts, brightly coloured lakes, and brilliant white salt flats and rightly so the locals call it an artists palette. Punctuating these landscapes are huge picture perfect cacti, a whole world away from our tiny potted cacti...these are beasts.

    Around here it is pretty saturated in cacti wood as they use it for doors, signs, stools and wherever they can fit it. But the super slow growth of the cactus, a rate of only 1 inch a year for some, means many species are thankfully protected.

    Much of the wood used here is from naturally fallen plants. So the chances of realising our cactus wood kitchen units is slim. But we can still admire this very special wood. And dream.


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  • Salt Life

    Posted on 09/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    The Salt Hostel perched on the edge of Salar Uyuni in Bolivia has taken our salt addiction to new levels. We've already turned into salt junkies due to the huge quantities of the stuff in all food, and now we've discovered the world can be made of salt too.

    An area of pure white salt flats, half the size of Belgium, and 400ft deep, is the source of this new addiction. The salt is cut into brick shapes for construction, or harvested into coned piles ready for purifying and chips.

    The minimalist all white style is mesmerising in this pure white palace and the perfect setting for the local vibrant textiles.

    Oops, cheeky.

    Taking the term Salt Hostel to the extreme, salt crystals line all the floors, even the bedrooms. The walls, tables, stools and beds are made entirely from large salt bricks skilfully joined together with salty cement. Salt is much more than pepper's guilty friend.

    Who knew.


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